Bird Observer - The New England Birding Journal

Bird Observer

The Birding Journal for New England

August 2016

Vol. 44, No. 4

At a Glance: June 2016 Revealed

Wayne R. Petersen

Photo by Wayne R. Petersen

This month’s puzzler is clearly a waterbird. Although it has the long bill and lanky legs suggestive of a heron or shorebird, the prominent, black-and-white vertical barring on its flanks is uncharacteristic of any species of Massachusetts heron or shorebird. This combination of features, and the fact that the bill is gently curved, fairly thick at the base, and clearly bicolored on the lower mandible, indicate that it is some species of rail.

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